October Daily Foundation Pages

I’ve had so much fun over the past few weeks putting together some foundation pages for my October Daily album. These pages give me a place to start so I’m not staring at a blank page on October first and wondering where to begin.

This year I’m creating a 4×4 inch mini album. I just loved this size last year. It ends up being the perfect chunky little album to hold in your hands and flip through.

I like lots of variety of sizes and textures in my albums. I create pages inside and outside the page protectors, I do a lot of messy stitching to give texture, and I love creating pockets because they have lots of tuck spots.

Check out my video below for more fun page ideas!

~ Tonya

October Daily Prep

I can’t believe it’s time to start thinking about Halloween and October Daily again!

This week I started prepping for October Daily by going through all of my Halloween supplies, and setting up my craft station.

Paper, Stamps, Stickers, Metal Dies, etc.
Embellishment Tray

I’ve also been purchasing new Halloween goodies, even though I have more supplies than one girl needs, I find it gets me excited about the project and brings out my creativity.

This month I’m going to focus on putting together some foundation pages. I like to make my really crafty pages ahead of time when I’m not burnt out on the project. Then I can just fill in the details when I get to that day.

I’ll be using a 4×4 album again. I loved this size last year!

I’ve also started thinking about different things I want to document. It’s going to be strange this year because of the pandemic, so I’m brainstorming ways I can make this season special, in spite of the circumstances.

Below I’m sharing a video walk through of my October Daily kit.

October Daily Prep Tips:

  • Take inventory of your supplies, donate those you know you won’t use, and purchase any new supplies you need/want. Don’t forget the basics like tape runner refills!
  • Brainstorm some ideas for things you want to do and document in your album. Schedule any activities you want to do during October.
  • Decide what size album you want to use, have fun with your supplies and put together some foundation pages.

~ Tonya

Week In The Life 2020

This year I participated in Ali Edwards Week In the Life (WITL) project. For this project you take a deep dive look into your life for one week.

WITL Title Page

My Reason Why

Reason Why Page

My main purpose for completing the project this year was to capture the little things about my life in this moment in time. Looking back through my old scrapbooks, I don’t have an overall feel for my day-to-day life, I mostly just documented the big events. I wish I could remember things like my daily routine, what I was listening to or reading, what kinds of products I was using. Those little details slip away over time.

Documenting The Week

Focus on Photography

Setting up for photos from different angles

I love photography, I decided to use the week to get out my big camera to take a lot of the photos, and I also wanted to try to take photos from different angles than normal (a birds eye view, from on the ground, from behind me – I even put my camera inside the fridge and took a picture of me reaching in). I used ladders, various tripods, self-timer shots, remote shots, and also used my Apple Watch as a remote. I really enjoyed the process.

Focus on the Words

To document each day, I used an app called Day One, which is an online journal that syncs across all your devices. It was a rough start at first, but I finally got the hang of it around Wednesday, when I used the prompt Facts & Feelings. I would open up the app throughout the day and write the details of what I was doing, and then I would also write my feelings. Including facts and feelings gave my journaling a more complete picture. When it came time to put my album together, it was easy to do the journaling because it was already written.

Putting the Album Together

3×8 Album

I decided to use a 3×8 Album, which was a little daunting since most of the products in Ali’s WITL kit were made to fit in a 6×8 album. I wasn’t sure how I was going to fit it all in. I managed, but it’s a really tight squeeze!

I used the 3×8 album that came out with Ali’s Day In the Life (DIL) Kit 2020. To complete the album, I mostly used products from the DIL kit, as well as the WITL kit.

Sketch Layout of the Album

The first thing I did after the documenting week was over, was to put together a sketch which helped me see which photos I needed to print. Then I printed out all of the photos. I sent off most of the photos to Persnickety Prints.

Acetate Divider Page
Day of the Week Side Tabs

Each day starts with an acetate divider. I used the ones from the DIL kit. I cut off the day of the week on the top of the divider. I created my own side tabs by using an Avery index tab, and adding the white plastic day of the week words that came with the kit. I had to trim them slightly to fit inside the label tabs.

The divider includes the day of the week, and the date on a circle. I purchased these as a digital element, and printed them out on sticker paper. I put one on the front and one on the back of the divider.

I also included icons from the kit that corresponded to the topic I was going to focus on for that day (e.g. Monday I took a deep dive look into what we’re doing for work right now, so I included a computer and email icon on the divider).

Date Tags

Behind the daily divider, I created a tag by cutting down the day of the week 4×6 cards from the kit to a 3×6 size. I repeat stamped the date in a messy pattern using a large rolling date stamp from Studio Calico.

On the back of the tag, I wanted to include a schedule of my day. I thought it was the perfect place to include a scanned page from my daily planner. After scanning my planner page, I brought it into Photoshop Elements, and sized it down to 3×6 size and printed it out. I adhered it to the back of the date stamped tag.

Since I had to cut off the bottom of the 4×6 card, I lost some of the colored pattern that was on the bottom, and I really wanted to use it. So I used it on the back of the tag, along the top and bottom of the planner page. It added a nice touch of color.

Then I finished off the tag with some black and white bakers twine.

I used a 6×8 divided page that had a 3×8 pocket and a 3×2 pocket. I slipped the tag into the larger pocket. for the smaller pocket, I glued in plastic numbers related to the date (e.g. 11 for May 11th).

Journaling Day of the Week Die Cut

After the date tag page, I added photos from the day, and my journaling for the day. I used a day of the week die cut from a Feed Your Craft kit.

Each day I focused on a specific topic of our lives, which I chose based on the “-ing” cards from the DIL kit.

  • Monday – Working
  • Tuesday – Eating
  • Wednesday – Wearing
  • Thursday – Listening
  • Friday – Watching
  • Saturday – Going
  • Sunday – Loving

I picked my favorite photo of the day and made it into a full page photo that was outside the page protector. I backed the front and back of the full photo with large 4×8 photos.


You can see a walkthrough of the vide here.


Take photos from different angles. Use self-timers or remotes to get yourself in the picture.

Write your journaling throughout the day – don’t forget to include facts and feelings.

If you don’t want to (or can’t) include an original item in your album, scan it or take a photo to include in the album

Don’t be afraid to use an album that’s a different size than what’s intended for the kit. Get creative and cut up journaling cards and elements to meet your needs. You can also alter page protectors to meet your needs. For this kit, I took a 6×8 page protector and folded it in half to create a 3×8 page protector that flips out. It’s your album – have fun with it!

6×8 Flip out

~ Tonya

Crafty Project Goals

I’ve been keeping busy working on crafty projects (plus eating and shopping way too much) during this COVID pandemic. I hope you’re staying well.

I have a real ambitious list of projects to work on through the rest of this year:

2019 Project Life Volume 2 – I finished the album, but still need to film the flip through and post to YouTube.0403cb67-372f-4594-aef3-14da20f48afd

2019 One Little Word Album – I finished the album and filmed a flip through, it just needs some editing and I can post it.0b98ecb4-74f4-4496-9f2d-7c425e873a96

2020 Project Life Volume 1 – I’ve fallen behind, but intend to finish the album, film, and post a flip through this quarter.

2020 Project Life Volume 2 – I’ll work on this as much as I can, but don’t plan on finishing this one until next year.PL 2020

2020 One Little Word – I am way behind on this one, but it’s pretty easy to catch up. I’ll finish it by early next year.

Week In The Life 2020 – I am almost finished with the album. I have a little bit of journaling left to do and some embellishments. Then I’ll film a walkthrough for YouTube. It will be done in the next few weeks!OLW WITL 2020

2020 October Daily – I’m so excited to do another OD album again this year. I’m anxiously awaiting all the Halloween product releases.

2020 December Daily – Yes, I’m going to do a DD album this year. I’m going to do as much as I can during December and finish it up early next year. Right now I’m thinking of doing a 4×4 size.

Album Labels – I recently pulled all of my old scrapbooks and photo albums out of storage and into an shelving Unit. I bought new albums for them and need to finish labeling them. I love, love, love having all of my albums together and being able to flip through them whenever I want.Album Labels

Pocket Letters – This year I’ve been doing a pocket letter swap with my sister each month, so I’ll continue with this fun project too.Pocket Letter

Whew, that’s a lot, but I know I can do it!

What’s on your crafty to do this? Do you set crafty goals for yourself?


Ali Edwards Story Camp

I’m at the airport heading home from Ali Edwards Story Camp

and wanted to document my feelings and lessons learned from the event while they’re still fresh on my mind, so here goes…

I’m a fan girl of Ali, so it was a little intimidating coming to one of her events, especially not knowing anyone else. Luckily I’m not afraid to travel by myself, so it was more social anxiety than anything else. I’m an introvert who likes a lot of alone time to recharge my batteries, and I’m quiet at first in social situations. I like to hang back and observe the situation and the people before I open up. I guess that means I don’t just let anyone “in” to my circle of friends, I am deliberate about who I choose! One camper told me that just means it’s an honor to those I let in, like an exclusive club. I like looking at it that way instead of looking at it like I’m shy and don’t make friends easily. It’s more that I don’t need a lot of friends. I’m happy by myself.

Ali said that when she goes to events she usually has one thing that stands out to her more than anything else, so we should be looking for that one thing to take away.

There were a couple of lessons I’m taking away from camp. First, I like the concept that I’m writing a story, literally, and I’m the main character in the story. All the people in my life are supporting characters. I’ve started a “me” album, and I think it would be fun to think of each year of my life like a chapter. Since I’m 45 now, I’m currently in Chapter 45 of my story. I’m going to document a story about me/my life for each one of the story kits that come out.

The second goes along with the first and that is even though I don’t have a lot of control over things that happen in my life, I do have 100% control over how I choose to react, the way that I view what happens, and the words that I tell myself are important. I’m going to choose to look at things in a positive way. If something bad happens, I’m going to try to find the silver lining and focus on that. I’m going to pay attention to the words I’m telling myself. I know that I’m very critical of myself – my inner critic is mean! I’m going to tell her to calm down and be nice. This will be part of my journey with my word, THRIVE, this year.

Another concept I liked was figuring out why it’s import to you to document your story. For me, it’s really an innate thing, something I really feel compelled to do. I don’t have kids, I don’t plan on passing my albums on to anyone else, and I don’t really care if they get thrown in the trash someday. It’s the process that I love. It’s a way to relieve stress and be creative. Ali shared a few of her reasons that I also identify with; I document to remember, to process the events in my life and my feelings about them, for proof that I lived, to see the myself reflected back at me through the lens of the camera (how others see me, what I really look like when I smile, etc.)

The photography workshop was also excellent, it wasn’t a technical workshop, but more about composition – taking photos from different angles, close up, far away, including lines. My favorite tip was that you should include yourself in the photos too. Selfies don’t always have to be straight on, and the camera timer is a great way to include yourself in the photo!

I’m sure as I go back and read the handouts and review my notes, I’ll remember even more gems from the workshops.

One of the best parts of the event was meeting other people who are into memory keeping as much as me. I found my people! Meeting Ali was definitely a highlight!

Five Year Diary

I just completed my 5 year diary for the years 2015 – 2019. Another 5 years of my life gone! There were chunks of time where I didn’t write, simply because what was recorded in the earlier year was too difficult to read – like when my dog Abbie got sick and passed away. I also lost my dog Cassie, who had been with me and my husband since just after we got married, my father-in-law lost his battle with dementia and COPD and passed away during this time.

I celebrated 18 years of marriage! I really can’t believe it’s been that long – but the evidence is there day by day in my diary.

In the past five years I’ve seen the biggest advances in my career. First getting promoted to a manager and then a director. It took (and still takes) so many days of sacrifice and hard work.

I’ve traveled quite a bit – Europe (Croatia, Italy, Spain, France, Malta), Puerto Rico, Alaska, Washington (Seattle), Texas (Dallas), and lots of little trips around AZ, CA, UT, NV, and NM.

The story of my open heart surgery and recovery; the ongoing saga of my health journey, are captured within the pages of this diary.

This book is filled with my life! I love that I can see threads of bigger stories of my life, as well as the everyday mundane moments. Here’s to the next 5 years! 🥂

~ Tonya

October Daily Mini Album

img_7105I love October, it’s my favorite month of the year. I love the change in the weather, all the Fall colors, and the fun festivities. So I decided this year I would document all the thrills and chills of October in a 4×4 mini album!

I started off by putting together a kit of my favorite Halloween craft papers, die cuts and other embellishments. Then I prepped a few pages in my album so I wouldn’t be starting off the album with a blank slate (I always find that just getting started is the hardest part. Once I get going the ideas start to flow). I began snapping photos of our adventures, and then the album really started coming together.

My favorite page is a 3 pocket folder I sewed and hole punched to fit on the rings. The front pocket features a ouija board planchette that I enlarged, printed and cut, and then added a rhinestone to give it more dimension. I then sewed it to the pocket and added a little fortune teller charm. I created a tab to fit in the middle pocket and hidden inside the tag is the story of the aura photo my husband and I had taken! So fun.

I have an October Daily 2019 Playlist on my YouTube channel, and some Instagram posts if you want to see more of this fun and chunky mini album, and get some ideas for your own album. I was going for lots of texture and interactive elements. I’ll be posting a flip through once it’s all complete. So stay tuned!

Wishing you a spooktacular Halloween!

~ Tonya

Want to create a pocket of your own? Here are the supplies I used: